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Clara Ritger

Clara Ritger
Clara Ritger is a health care reporter for National Journal. Her multimedia and written work has appeared in outlets across the country including USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Indianapolis Star and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in political science and film, television and theatre.
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Paper Medical Records Are Vanishing Into the Cloud

Going in for a checkup with your physician? You'll probably see a screen, too.

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HealthCare.gov Bugs and 16 Other Ways to Qualify for an Obamacare Extension

The administration releases a long list of loopholes to the enrollment deadline.

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Obamacare Enrollment Deadline Extended for HealthCare.gov Victims

Consumers who say they tried to sign up for health coverage before the March 31 deadline will get more time.

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How Twitter Tracks the Flu

The social-media site can raise flags about the spread of the flu weeks before CDC data becomes available.

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Two States Want to Extend Obamacare Deadline Because of Glitchy Websites

Oregon's exchange doesn't work; Nevadans get error messages reminiscent of HealthCare.gov's early days.

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Obamacare Hits 5 Million Enrollees

HHS says HealthCare.gov traffic is up, and the call center had its busiest day since December.

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Wikipedia Is a Massively Popular (Yet Untested) Doctor

Nearly three-fourths of Internet users look up health information online. Wikipedia wants to make sure they're not misled.

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Republicans to Open 2014 with Obamacare Data Theft Bill

The GOP is pushing legislation that would require the administration to disclose any security breaches on the exchanges.

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Obamacare Deadline Extended Until Christmas Eve

Administration officials are allowing consumers who want Jan. 1 coverage more time, citing heavy traffic concerns.

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HHS Asks Insurers for Leniency in Obamacare’s Opening Months

Sebelius wants them to allow late payments for those who miss Jan. 1 deadline.

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Obamacare Enrollment Is Surging

Website fixes, spike in sign-ups may signal a turnaround for the law.

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Emails Reveal Worries About Bad Press for Obamacare Website

Top CMS officials expressed concerns about HealthCare.gov days before the site's Oct. 1 launch.

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A Closer Look at HealthCare.gov's Still-Unbuilt 30 Percent

Three missing back-end systems aren't needed until 2014 but were supposed to be done earlier.

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Bipartisan Agreement That Obamacare Warrants IT Reform

Opening statements from the House Oversight Committee prioritize reform so government technology projects don't fail again.

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Early Reports Indicate Low Obamacare Enrollment

Reports released Monday indicate that the Obamacare enrollment totals are far below White House estimates.

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Indiana Officials Don't Trust Feds to Get Obamacare Site Working

The state is spending millions to extend coverage into next year for consumers with advanced medical conditions.

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How Mobile Apps Could Transform Rural Health Care

Telemedicine is transforming health-care for Americans. But the system still needs work.

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Spanish Obamacare Website Will Accept Enrollments by End of the Month

CuidadoDeSalud.gov currently contains educational materials, but does not accept applications for coverage.

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CIO Working on Obamacare Website Steps Down

Other CMS management staffers are moving around too.